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Call for boat ban
after boy dies
The St Bathans community remains in
shock after the death of a 12-year-old boy in
a boating accident on Blue Lake, with some
calling for a ban on all boats.
The boy, whose name has not been released,
is understood to have been struck by a
passing boat after falling from a sea biscuit in
the small lake on Saturday evening.
He and his mother were flown to D unedin
Hospital but the boy later died of his injuries.
Lorraine Bennett, who was speaking ‘’on
behalf of many, many people’’, said the man-
made lake, which dates back to 19th-century
gold-mining operations and is popular for
swimming, fishing and boating, was not big
enough for boats and an accident was waiting
‘’The community has been really concerned
about the lake.
‘’It (an accident) could have happened at
any time in the last few years because it’s so
‘’It ’s no longer a small community with a
couple of boats (at the lake), it ’s a Pandora’s
The Otago Regional Council met residents
several years ago to discuss changes to boat
rules on the lake and a compromise was
It was decided no boats would be allowed to
exceed five knots at the southern end of the
lake and the same rule would apply to the rest
of the lake between 10am and 3pm, ORC
harbourmaster Jeff Donaldson said.
A maximum of three boats would be
allowed to exceed five knots on the rest of the
lake outside those hours.
The lake was also governed by general
rules under the Maritime Transport Act, Mr
But Ms Bennett said not everyone had
been comfortable with the outcome of the
‘’There were compromises made but they
haven’t worked, have they?
‘’There shouldn’t have been a death and
now there has been, and that ’s not right.’’I’m
speaking for a lot of people and sticking my
neck out here.
‘’We always thought it would be a swimmer
(involved in an accident), but it ’s actually
ended up being the boats themselves. ’’
Visitors to the lake did not feel safe
swimming there and there was a blind spot
behind corners at one end, Ms Bennett said.
Another resident, who did not want to be
named, said she felt too sick to talk about the
‘’I’m just very, very pleased there’s no boats
on the lake today.’’
Many people took to Facebook to voice
their support for banning boats on the lake.
‘’We go camping at this lake every summer
and it is way too small for motorboats,’’ one
Another Facebook user agreed.
‘’We used to go there as kids and I can’t see
how it could be safe on a hot and busy day,
with boats boosting around.’’
However, some people opposed a ban, saying
it would be a ‘’kneejerk reaction’’ and calling
for boat users to take more responsibility.
Mr Donaldson said the council had been
asked by Maritime New Zealand to oversee
the compromise between the boating
fraternity in St Bathans and recreational
users such as swimmers and kayakers.
‘’It was a community-based initiative, and
we were a mediator. Those rules have been in
place for about six years and this is the first
incident we’ve had.’’
Mr Donaldson would not be drawn on
whether the rules needed to be reviewed as a
result of the ‘’very sad’’ incident.
‘’Until the investigation is completed,
we don’t know whether the rules were
compromised in any way.
‘’We’ll make comment on that with
Maritime NZ after the investigation is
Central Otago police and a Maritime
NZ representative were continuing a joint
investigation into the incident yesterday.
A scene examination was being completed
and further inquiries over the next few days
would determine what caused the accident,
police said in a statement.
Otago Daily Times
A tourist driver told the court he
believed he fell asleep on the highway
just east of Arthur’s Pass township and
crashed into a tree, injuring his four
Chen Yang, 34, admitted four charges
of careless driving causing injury when
he appeared in the Christchurch District
Court on Thursday, Stuff reported.
One of his five passengers, all from
China, remains in hospital.
Yang drove off the road on a slight
right-hand bend near Mingha Bluff and
crashed into a tree, which fell on to the
roof of the van.
Defence lawyer Donald Dickson said
a restorative justice meeting was not
appropriate because Yang was leaving
the country on December 31. He offered
to pay reparations to the victims.
Judge Brian Callaghan noted Yang was
remorseful and ordered him to pay $800
to the woman passenger who was placed
in an induced coma, and $400 each to
the other victims, a total of $2000.
He disqualified him from driving for a
year, but noted that would be “academic”
because Yang was due to leave New
Zealand next week.
A man’s body was spotted floating in the
water off the beach at Mt Maunganui by a
person walking their dog early this morning.
Police said the body was found about 6.20am.
Members of the public looked on as a
section of the beach near Moturiki Island was
cordoned off while police recovered the body
from the surf and wrapped it in what appeared
to be a white sheet.
Senior sergeant Karl Konlechner said police
were following “positive leads” to identify the
body, which has now been removed from the
beach. Cordons have been removed and the
beach is open to the public.
Man’s body found at Mt Maunganui beach
Tourist driver fell asleep
before Arthur’s Pass crash
The quarry industry wants the
public’s help to improve safety after
four deaths in the sector so far this
The National Health and Safety
Council for the mining and quarry
sector says of the about 1000 quarry
companies known to be operating in
New Zealand, only half are registered.
This month, Worksafe NZ said new
regulations would come into force
from April, when all operators will
be required to have a certificate of
The certificate will show that a
quarry manager has undertaken
relevant education and training,
and meets requirements for safe
super vision of a quarrying operation.
Half of the four sites where deaths
have occurred this year were not
registered, including Heathstock
Haulage in North Canterbury.
Owner Murray Taylor, 56, did not
hold the required CoC and was buried
beneath more than 1000 tonnes of
rocks when an overhanging cliff-face
gave way at the quarry in June.
In March an incident at Gordons
Valley Lime killed worker Scott
James Baldwin, 43. Worksafe has laid
charges against that company and the
matter is before the court.
Worksafe has also been investigating
Tauranga’s Oropi quarry after Tane
Hill-Ormsby, 24, was crushed after
being thrown from the rock cutter he
was operating in April.
Mario Joffrey Lelinam, meanwhile,
died while working at Waikaia gold
mine in Southland last month.
Chris Baker, chairman of the
mining/extractives sector Health and
Safety Council, MinEx, admitted it
had been a bad year.
“ We had four quarry industry
fatalities in the past year and one in
an alluvial gold mine. Two of those
quarry fatalities occurred at small,
Mr Baker said MinEx and WorkSafe
had been working to identify all the
smaller quarries around the country
but many were still off the radar.
“ We know of around 500 registered
quarries around New Zealand but
there may be twice that many. These
can present the most risk.
“Small unregistered quarries may be
on the back of farms, forestry blocks
or a rural property.
“ While the owners may not be
generating a lot of aggregate or
lime, they still use machinery and
sometimes explosives which demand
proper health and safety practices.”
Mining spokesman for trade union
Ged O’Connell said the deaths were
tough to swallow.
They had all been classified as
mining deaths, but four had been in
the quarry industry.
The quarry industry had managed
to wriggle out of the exhaustive
legislative overhaul of the extractives
industry after the Pike River disaster,
he said. Instead, the focus was put
solely on underground and open-cast
“Really, with great respect to a lot of
the quarry people, they wouldn’t know
good practice or best practice.
“They haven’t been regulated or
overseen for a decade or more.
“So there’s some sympathy, but the
sympathy rapidly disintegrates when
you talk about workers’ lives.”
Figures released to the by Worksafe
show there have been 35 deaths in
the workplace as at November 18,
compared with 42 in 2014.
There have been at least two more
since then, with two Hawkes Bay
farmers killed in separate incidents
riding quad bikes this month.
Nine farmers have died so far this
year after quad bike crashes.
Council of Trade Unions president
Richard Wagstaff said the deaths
proved the Government ’s watering
down of its Health and Safety
legislation classifying agriculture as a
“ low-risk” industry was “ridiculous”.
Katie Milne of Federated Farmers
said the rise in deaths from quad bikes
education on risks.
New Zealand Herald
Heat on quarries after four die
The number of people
who oppose the Trans-
Pacific Partnership has
gone down since the
deal was concluded in
October and the number
supporting it has risen.
But by far the greatest
number do not have a
view on it.
New Trade Minister
Todd McClay says he is
looking at doing more
through the course of
2016 to promote the
deal to New Zealanders,
especially on investor-
state dispute settlement
Tim Groser was Trade
Minister when the
deal was concluded in
October in Atlanta. He is
to become ambassador to
the United States.
Despite New Zealand
being a world leader in
free trade, only 27.4%
support TPP on the basis
it would be good for
New Zealand’s economic
well-being, although that
is up 4.5 points from
September when just
22.9% supported it.
Almost the same
number, 25.8% oppose
it on the basis of the
down 5.5 points from the
same questions asked in
September. But 45.9%
formed no view on it, the
same as September.
The TPP was settled
among 12 countries:
New Zealand, Australia,
the United States,
Japan, Canada, Mexico,
Malaysia, Vietnam, Chile
and Peru. It will not enter
into force until the US
and Japan have ratified it.
In New Zealand, the
deal will be subject to a
national interest analysis
by officials and together
with the final TPP text,
will be scrutinised by
the foreign affairs and
defence select committee.
legislation will have to
be passed by Parliament.
Once those two steps
are completed — the
cabinet will commit New
Zealand to it - all parties
have up to two years to
Mr McClay said that
he would not rush the
process and envisaged
it taking a year to get
through, although he
wanted New Zealand
ratify it. “I’ll be looking
to take a good amount
“ I think it is important
that all New Zealanders
have an opportunity to
understand it better and
to have their say through
process. But at the same
time we want to be one
of the countries that gets
it ratified and in place at
the front of the queue.”
Mr McClay said the
TPP had caused more
anxiety than any other
trade agreement he could
think of and yet it was
an “exceptionally high
“So we will be looking
at getting out with some
of our experts to talk
about TPP more. We’ ll
be doing that through the
course of the year. ”
He said final plans were
still being worked on but
in his view, ISDS was an
important part of the the
deal because it protected
New Zealand investors in
He said TPP could
not be misused — and
tobacco companies could
not use ISDS at all.
The US joined the talks
in 2008 under President
Bush just before he left
office and it took until
2010 before Barack
signed up to the
It then led them for the
next five years, bringing
Japan into the process
in 2013. The TPP will
eliminate tariffs on 93%
of New Zealand exports
except two categories:
beef into Japan and dairy
products into Japan, US,
Canada and Mexico.
Beef tariffs into Japan
will be reduced. Tariffs on
some dairy products will
be eliminated or reduced
but tariff quotas will be
introduced on some dairy
products. The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade
estimates TPP will add
$2.7 billion a year to New
Zealand’s GDP by 2030.
Mr McClay has already
had early success in his
role as Trade Minister;
he attended the World
in Nairobi this month at
which export subsidies
were eliminated by its
New Zealand Herald
A Northland marae
was badly damaged by
fire last night. The whare
kai, or cooking house, at
Waikare Marae went up
in flames around 6pm.
Senior Fire Officer
Scott Osmond said
firefighters had little
chance of saving the
“The nearest fire brigade
is in Dargaville and this
is about 40 minutes north
of Dargaville — it took
us that long to get there.
By the time we got there
the whare kai was pretty
much on the ground,
destroyed by fire.
Fire destroys marae
A man has died in a tree felling
incident near Hokitika.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said
an ambulance was sent to a house on
Woodstock-Rimu Road in Ruatapu
after they were alerted about 3.45pm.
The ambulance arrived to find a man
in his 60s with critical injuries.
He died at the scene.
The spokesman said the man was
injured in a tree felling accident.
Police also attended.
Man dies after tree felling
incident near Hokitika
‘Deaths were tough to swallow’
Former editor loses home in bushfire
A former editor of the Press newspaper
who lost is house in the Christchurch
earthquakes has been struck by tragedy
again after losing his house to the
Andrew Holden was editor during the
quakes in 2010 and 2011 and last night
tweeted that his beloved house at Wye,
Victoria, was also suspected to have been
severely damaged by fire. More than
100 houses have been lost in bushfires
in popular Surf Coast holiday towns of
Wye River and Separation Creek, about
150km southwest of Melbourne.
In his tweet, Mr Holden — who is
now editor-in-chief of Melbourne’s Age
newspaper — wrote: “ Will confirm by
sight tomorrow but told our house at Wye
is gone. 40 years of wonderful memories.
Will rebuild, love that place and people”.
He tweeted later in the night to thank
locals for all their support,
In Christchurch, Mr Holden and his
family lived in the seaside suburb of
Sumner and where their home was one
of many to be damaged in the February
On December 23, 2015.
Dearly loved grandson
of the late Harai and
Kiwi Mahauariki. Loved
nephew of the late
Tawhai and Diane,
Richard and Noeline,
Tiki and the late Jacqui
and a treasured cousin.
“ Fly Free Cutty.”
Tracey (Cutter, Tarly,
Brush). — The Cutbush
/Mahauariki family are
sad to announce the
passing of our precious
Paul. Much loved father
Alisha, Stevie, Eli, and
Jared. Dearly loved
friend of Kate, beloved
son of the late Denis and
Oriwa, loved brother
and friend of Miles
and Paula, and a
loved uncle, cousin,
and friend of many.
Messages to 56 Marsden
Road, Greymouth 7805.
declined, donations to
the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
Chapel or posted to PO
Box 81, Greymouth
7840. A service to
celebrate Paul's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
tomorrow (Tuesday) at
then be laid to rest
at Memorial Park
For those wishing to pay
their respects Paul will
be at home 56 Marsden
Road from December
26. Westland Funeral
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
COPP, Symon John —
1965-2015. Passed away
at his home on the
December, 23, 2015.
Deeply loved husband
of Lexia, much loved
father of Joshua, and
Connor, beloved son of
Dianne, dearly loved
nephew of Tony and
Pauline, and Peter and
Coralie. “Thank you to
all who helped make his
journey as comfortable
and dignified as possi-
ble”. Messages to 23
Dunollie 7803. A
Service to celebrate
Symon's life will be held
in the Cobden Anglican
Street, on Wednesday at
cremation in Greymouth
funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ Phone (03)
(Jim) — Passed away
23, 2015 in Nelson.
Loved husband of Uni,
and treasured father and
father-in-law of Jerry
brother of Carmen and
Alison, Gordon and
Jude, Harold (deceased)
and Rose, and Penny
and Geoff. Jim's funeral
will be held in
Nelson on Wednesday
December 30, 2015.
ANISY FUNERAL HOME
Ph 768 0250
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Treasured memories of a
brother tragically taken
from us December 27
2001. 14 years ago
Of all the gifts in all the
world there can be
that could have been
more treasured than a
son as fine as you!
Those happy days we
shared when you were
just a boy,
are kept among the
memories that I treasure
with such joy.
Miss you heaps Son
Mum, Cerise ande Cory
December 27, 2005.
Miss you Mum
Love you always
Reed and Nate.
DRAKE, Darrien. —
Ten years have passed
since you have gone
Our love for you wil
have come that don't see
Get your warm cuddles
or your baking to taste.
We talk of you often our
Doll in the sky,
Your twinkle at night is
always so bright.
The memories are there
for us to share,
You're the best mum
ever no one else could
Missed every single day
Kahlen and Leo.
DRAKE, Darrien Lee
February 24, 1950 -
December 27, 2005.
Ten years ago you left
Close in our hearts you
will always stay,
Remembered by us al
Love always Bill and
Mary. — 1958-1981.
Flowers in Full Bloom
On December 25, 2015,
suddenly at Grey Base
Hospital surrounded by
his loving family.
Dearly loved husband
Margaret, proud and
loving father and friend
of Craig and Linda,
devoted grandfather of
Georgia, James and
Tom, great grandfather
of Sophia, loved son of
the late George and
Ruby, much loved and
respected brother and
brother-in-law of Arthur
and Helen, Stan and
Ruth (deceased), James
(deceased) Colleen and
Colin (deceased), Karen
and Frank, Shirley and
all his nieces
and nephews. Flowers
Messages to PO Box
3713, Richmond 7050.
A funeral service for
George will be held at
the Shone and Shirley
Chapel 164 Tahunanui,
Nelson on Tuesday
December 29, 2015
at 2pm. Respectfully
cared for by Shone
and Shirley, Funeral
A suspended driver in
a luxury car failed a drug
test after he was caught
driving in Whangarei en
route to the Far North
with an unrestrained five-
year-old girl lying on the
The 60-year-old, from
Auckland, was one of
those dobbed in by
members of the public
who witnessed erratic
and dangerous drivers
on Northland roads this
The man was seen
driving his Aston Martin
dangerously in Oakleigh
about 8.30am yesterday
and he was stopped in
Whangarei a short time
later, police said.
Checks revealed he was
a suspended driver.He
failed a drug impairment
The car was impounded
and arrangements had
been made for the child
Luxury car impounded
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